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Major Corporations Embrace Crowdfunding

Major corporations now embrace crowdfunding as a way to test market appeal for new products. Sony, the Japanese consumer product giant, is on Indiegogo crowdfunding its new education toy called Koov. Koov is a robot building kit (a la Lego) … Continue reading

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Magazine Sours On Crowdfunding

The PopSlate 2 phone case million dollar crowdfunded startup is the latest big bust for Indiegogo as the crowdfunder has notified backers that it is filing bankruptcy. There will be no delivery of promised product and no backer refunds of … Continue reading

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Avoid Crowdfunding Disasters

Tips on how to avoid a crowdfunding disaster include: have a cynic on the management team who can anticipate how things will go wrong; double your budget for the cost of building your product (remember Murphy’s Law); triple the estimate … Continue reading

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Scientists Turn To Crowdfunding

Because the National Institutes of Health grant rate is at about 22% and other grants are dying up, scientists are turning more and more to crowdfunding. While some have called it “panda science,” the number of scientific projects on crowdfunding … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding’s Fine Line: Feasibility or Fraud?

The Wall Street Journal believes that Indiegogo’s InDemand feature, which lets crowdfunders take pre-orders after their crowdfunding deadline has passed, is dangerously merging crowdfunding with e-commerce. The fear is that if the offering is technologically difficult (or impossible) the company … Continue reading

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Robot Invasion!

Just to illustrate how crowd funding might change our future, take a look at Roboy, a crowd funded, anatomically correct, humanoid robot. An EU project that is being led by Prof. Owen Holland of Sussex University, it is intended ┬áto … Continue reading

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